Duo Bistro

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 3 ratings
$$$Restaurant

50 John Street, Kingston, NY 12401 Directions

(845) 383-1198
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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    April 05, 2017

    This otherwise well-meaning establishment, with some of the most talented chefs in the area, with delicious offerings, needs to shore up its sensitivity to the gluten issue. In an age where many establishments are going an extra mile or two, it's been interesting to see Duo dial back their concerns to the point of verging on dismissive. This is a particularly stark contrast in an age when many restaurants have a gluten free menu, and I don't just mean in New York City or LA; I mean in Nashville and podunk towns in Nova Scotia. With Duo, the backstory as it's been explained to me is that at the beginning, they went full-on with in-house gluten-free baking. But when that did not turn into a money-maker straight-away, they essentially reversed their position. The feeling I get from repeated interviews with the staff and owners over several years is a sense of betrayal by gluten-free people. However, in truth, in a small upstate town, accommodating gluten-free is more of a service to the community than it is a money-maker per se. And any kind of business project of this sort needs time to catch on; and in any event, it seems harsh to take a full reversal of their original position. For example, their stated reason for not carrying gluten-free bread as an option is that they don't bake it themselves. However, local commercial bakeries (such as Meredith's) can provide that product, and they can bend their in-house baking rule for medical purposes to accommodate clients they want to return. Their deep-fryer is not gluten free, and this is not noted on the menu. This is an important source of cross-contamination. Once I asked the one of the chefs if the potatoes were gluten free and his terse reply was that he'd never heard of a gluten-free potato. (Potatoes are gluten-free; clearly I was asking about cross-contamination, which any properly-trained food professional will understand.) The feeling I have over and over again is that they just cannot be bothered, and that they wish the problem would go away. It will not go away, but their gluten-sensitive customers will. I used to there several times a week. I now go in once every few months at most, and I will recommend it only with caveats. They can do better. They know better. The world does not end at their doorstep, and restaurants have a profound responsibility -- long recognized by society -- not to poison their customers. Controlling vermin, proper food handling and covered waste bins are part of the story. Taking care of their ingredients and being sensitive to the needs of people with medical dietary restrictions, as a matter of policy, is the rest.

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    5 rating
    October 17, 2015

    Food was excellent. Items are not specifically marked on the menu but our server was aware of what was safe and was able to help with ordering and substitutions. My wife who is very sensitive did not have any issues. Almond dacqouise desert was awesome as well

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 17, 2015

    Duo has some of the most well developed flavors and dishes you'll find in the area by far. they don't have a dedicated gluten free menu but most of the items are gluten free by nature, just ask your wait person the chef is always there and can answer any of your questions. we are both very sensitive and eat here often and never have a bad meal. definitely worth checking out.

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Monday
11 am - 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9 pm
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
11 am - 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9 pm
Friday
11 am - 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Saturday
10 am - 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Sunday
10 am - 3:30 pm

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